Should Crimea Really Belong to Ukraine?
Technically, Crimea should have complete autonomy from both Ukraine and Russia. The peninsula has a complex past.
Since the 17th century, however, Crimea came under siege by the Russian Empire. Over the centuries, mass deportations of Crimean Tatars and the Russification of the peninsula completely changed its demographics.
Today, approximately 12 percent of the population is comprised of Crimean Tatars. But in the 18th century, 98 percent of Crimea’s population were Crimean Tatars. So, what happened? And why does Ukraine and Russia…